Sunshine Coast Visitor’s Guide
The Sunshine Coast is made up of more than 100km of sparkling coastline dotted with stunning beaches, stylish villages such as Noosa, and bustling coastal towns like Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.
Less than half an hour inland, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is famous for its fresh produce and gourmet dining. The region is only 90 minutes north of Brisbane, but in this laid-back holiday favourite, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to another world.
Things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Laze on the beaches, hike through the hinterland or meet some fascinating local characters at the markets – there’s something for everyone on the Sunshine Coast.
Find your beach
With a coastline that stretches from Caloundra to Great Sandy National Park, you’re going to find some spectacular beaches on the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy some family time in the calm waters of Caloundra, hit the surf at Noosa, or get your four-wheels sandy on Rainbow Beach.
Get off the grid
A 60km network of rivers and lakes are hidden half an hour north of Noosa, one of only two everglades systems on Earth. It’s the perfect place for boating, hiking, camping or just getting to enjoy the peace and quiet.
Head to the Hinterland
It’s not all about the beaches on the Sunshine Coast. The Hinterland is home to Kondalilla, Mapleton Falls and Conondale national parks, the striking Glass House Mountains, cosy villages and some seriously innovative farm-to-table food.
Browse the markets
Pick up some fresh produce, watch local entertainers or grab unique souvenirs at one of the Sunshine Coast’s many markets. Don’t miss the famous Eumundi Markets – held every Wednesday and Saturday – for excellent artisan products.
Places to visit
Towns and villages are spread all along the Sunshine Coast, each with their own particular brand of charm.
The most sophisticated village on the coast is filled with luxury hotels, stylish fashion boutiques, glamorous cocktail bars and great restaurants. While Noosa is famed for its surf beaches, there’s also beautiful, calm swimming spots ideal for families.
The Sunshine Coast’s urban centre, Mooloolaba has a pretty waterfront esplanade, a great beach and a protected canal system perfect for water sports.
At the southernmost border of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra combines a laid-back attitude and an emerging culture of cool with slick galleries, impressive street art and a trendy microbrewery in nearby Moffat Beach.
Famous for its dramatic dunes and swirling coloured sands, the coastal town of Rainbow Beach is a major entry point to the Cooloola National Park and the southern gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
What’s on in the Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast loves to celebrate and you can find food and wine festivals, endurance events, concerts and markets held throughout the region. Noosa in particular has a packed events calendar, so you can schedule your visit to catch something special.
Where to stay on the Sunshine Coast
There are great hotels and resorts across the Sunshine Coast from good-value holiday parks right on the beach to quirky treehouses in the Hinterland.
If you’re looking for luxury accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, then Noosa is the place to be. Five-star resorts and stylish self-contained apartments are spread along the beach and around the river. You can also find holiday parks and family-friendly properties.
Mooloolaba and Caloundra
The best place to stay in Mooloolaba is right by the beach and the esplanade is lined with high-rise resorts and apartment complexes, holiday parks and homes to rent. Similarly, there are several accommodation options spread along Caloundra’s beach and esplanade, ranging from budget motels to contemporary high-rise resorts.
From luxury treehouse cabins in Montville to an Asian-inspired retreat in Maleny, the Hinterland’s varied accommodation options have one thing in common – blissful seclusion.